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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lakers Snap Orlando's Home Win Streak at 40

COMBINED REPORTS


ORLANDO, Florida -- Los Angeles broke Orlando's 40-game home winning streak as Nick Van Exel scored 22 points and the Lakers went 11-of-18 on 3-point shots to beat the Magic 113-91.


Eddie Jones was 3-for-3 from 3-point range and had 18 points, while Magic Johnson and Elden Campbell each scored 14 for the Lakers on Tuesday night. Los Angeles also got a boost from Cedric Ceballos' 15 points in his first game since returning from a four-day unexcused absence.


Orlando lost a regular season game at home for the first time since March 14, 1995, leaving Chicago (34-0) as the only team with an unblemished record on its home court this year.


"Unfortunately, the streak had to come to an end, but I'm terribly proud of our guys for having won 40 regular-season games in a row," Orlando coach Brian Hill said. "I think it's an incredible streak and just one we'll have to start again."


"The upside of losing is that we don't have to worry about that question [the streak] before every game," said Orlando's Dennis Scott.


Ceballos has been stripped of his rank as a team captain in a unanimous vote by the Lakers' players. He even got the silent treatment during the cross-country charter flight the day before.


"I'm sure some guys are still thinking about it because he has not apologized to the team," said Van Exel, an outspoken critic of Ceballos' behavior and now the Lakers' lone captain. "Once he apologizes, it should be OK. Right now, it seems like some guys are still distant from him. He hasn't said 'I'm sorry,' or he hasn't even said 'Hi.' "


By Tuesday night, coach Del Harris conceded for the first time that the decision to bring him off the bench was a continued form of punishment and not because Ceballos wasn't up to speed on a few new plays in the offense.


"Beyond the fines, there is a thought for team balance where you don't ignore what was done, and neither do you keep bringing it up past its time," Harris said. "Trying to keep a team in a good chemistry balance is one of the most difficult things to do, and doing that [the benching] is a concession to the balance of chemistry."


Ceballos stayed on the bench until only 3:55 remained in the first half, was booed when he entered and, Harris said, looked tentative with his first few shots. Ceballos missed a couple shots badly, getting open underneath like always, but looked much better when the Lakers broke the game open in the second half, ultimately earning his coach's praise and contributing 15 points and four rebounds in 14 minutes.


The Magic had won 33 straight at Orlando Arena this season and were trying to keep pace with the Bulls, who have won a league-record 41 consecutive regular-season home games dating back to last spring.


Knicks 83, Rockets 74. In Houston, John Starks scored 21 points and New York withstood a startling third-quarter comeback by Houston's injury-depleted lineup.


The Knicks almost blew a 22-point halftime lead as the makeshift Rockets pulled within three points with 8:25 left in the game before finally succumbing.


Houston starters Hakeem Olajuwon and Robert Horry missed the game with knee tendinitis. Mario Elie, Sam Cassell and Clyde Drexler already were out because of injuries.


Pistons 86, Grizzlies 75. In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Grant Hill scored 28 points and matched a career-high with 17 rebounds as Detroit sent Vancouver to its 19th straight loss.


Hawks 114, Raptors 111. In Toronto, Mookie Blaylock scored 26 points and made back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as Atlanta completed a season sweep of Toronto.


Damon Stoudamire scored 30 for the second straight game, tying his career-high for the Raptors.


Bullets 96, Cavaliers 89. In Cleveland, Juwan Howard scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half as Washington overcame an eight-point halftime deficit and beat Cleveland.


Washington pulled within 3 1/2 games of Miami in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.


Sonics 114, Warriors 102. In Oakland, California, Gary Payton and Detlef Schrempf scored 23 points each and hit all 15 of their foul shots, and Seattle made 30 of 31 free throws to beat Golden State.


The Sonics have won four straight and seven of eight, while the Warriors stayed in a virtual tie with Sacramento for the eighth and playoff spot in the Western Conference. ()


(For other results, see Scorecard.)